International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare training, disaster relief, and long-term development programs.
Dec 16, 2015

Final Report and Update on Primary Health Care Support

Recipients of support draft thank you letter
Recipients of support draft thank you letter

While International Medical Corps is still very active in the Democratic Republic of Congo this will be the final update for this project. We will continue to address the needs of mothers in the DRC through our primary health care support programs and other specifically focused efforts. Below is a recent update on the ongoing primary health care support we are providing. To continue further supporting International Medical Corps efforts in the DRC please visit our “Empower a Girl in the Congo” project that will continue to highlight our behavior change efforts aimed at addressing gender based violence in the region.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empowering-girls-in-the-congo/

Update on Primary Health Support

Ntoto is a health area in the Kibua health zone of the Walikale Territory in North Kivu Province of the DRC. The Ntoto health area has a population of about 10,413 inhabitants. Recently Ntoto has been experiencing clashes between two armed groups with major confrontations occurring in May and December 2014 and in June 2015. Whenever there are clashes populations are displaced. During the last confrontation, the health center was looted of all its property including drugs, health care materials and equipment.

The population displaced following the June 2015 clashes is returning to their impoverished and destroyed communities with no means to access basic health care. Because of these challenges, International Medical Corps traveled to this community in particular to conduct an assessment and on the 29th of September, International Medical Corps organized a mobile clinic in Ntoto. During this mobile clinic, 377 consultations were facilitated (122 Men and 235 Women). At the end of the mobile clinic in this community, representatives of the community addressed a letter to International Medical Corps expressing their thanks for coming to their assistance.

“…the health center was looted during the clashes of June 6, 2015 which caused a loss of 15 mattresses, medicines and some care equipment…

Patients have to pay for care and since many are unable to pay, they are forced to resort to traditional healers. They can’t bring their children to the health center. We thank International Medical Corps for its constant support in our community. Since the confrontations of last December, women were not able to deliver their babies in the health center and we registered 5 deaths due to home deliveries. We thank International Medical Corps for the mobile clinic here in Ntoto and the health care to returning populations”. (Bahati, a 35 year old mother of 5 children)

It is thanks to the generous support of GlobalGiving and other donors that International Medical Corps is able to provide these life-saving interventions and will continue to do so going forward.

Nov 24, 2015

Nepal Earthquake - Seven Months Later

Medical consultation (Omar Havana)
Medical consultation (Omar Havana)

Within the first two months, International Medical Corps’ mobile medical units provided 4,547 health consultations in 27 remote villages, some as far as a two-day walk from the nearest road. Teams also provided 22 metric tons of lifesaving relief supplies, including emergency medicines and medical supplies, benefitting 100,000 people. During the first six months, our programs provided urgently needed health care and supplies to more than 213,000 people.

Working closely with the Government of Nepal and local partners, we have now transitioned into the recovery phase of the earthquake response, providing long-term assistance throughout affected areas. We are rebuilding and rehabilitating 13 health posts, distributing medical supplies and medical equipment to each, and providing rehabilitation and disability services to those who were injured. Our teams are also strengthening the quality of sexual and reproductive health services for women and adolescent girls.

Crucial to our response are sustainable water, sanitation and environmental waste management solutions as we seek to reduce the risk of deadly disease. In addition, we are establishing seven centers to screen for malnutrition and provide treatment for children under five years suffering from severe acute malnutrition.

Finally, we have trained 1,240 health workers and community leaders in mental health and psychosocial support services.  Uma’s* story illustrates the critical need to provide services for these invisible wounds.

Uma is a 60 year-old community health volunteer who lives with her husband, son, mother, and father-in-law. She has been working as a volunteer for 26 years and lives in Darbung village in Gorkha, and in recent years, she has suffered from chronic depression. The earthquake that wreaked havoc on April 25, 2015 caused a relapse of Uma’s depression.

Uma attended the two-day mental health and psychosocial support training in her village, where she had an opportunity to share her experience. Uma received individual counseling sessions focused on positive coping behaviors and stress management, and now receives regular follow-ups with a counselor. Today, Uma says that she feels more relaxed and confident. The experience of the earthquake affected her deeply and the psychosocial support helped Uma recognize that and recover. She, in her own words, is now a “happy and encouraged person” who is confident talking about herself and her experiences, and encouraging her peers to get support.

*Name has been changed

With the help of GlobalGiving and other generous donors, we are training and equipping the Nepali people to now be their own best First Responders. Thank you for your continued support.

Celebration of World Mental Health Day
Celebration of World Mental Health Day
Nov 12, 2015

Mobilizing Relief Teams and Supplies in Response to Afghanistan/Pakistan Earthquake

Health consultation in Afghanistan by Abdul Mateen
Health consultation in Afghanistan by Abdul Mateen

The 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan on October 26 has killed more than 400 people and damaged or destroyed nearly 111,000 homes in northeastern Afghanistan and northern Pakistan. With winter weather conditions already setting in, it is critical to reach those in need as soon as possible.

International Medical Corps teams are mobilized and supporting a response that includes:

  • Eight mobile medical units deployed across Nuristan province, Afghanistan – one for each district in the hard-hit region. Nuristan’s 160 health posts are staffed by community health workers that had been previously trained by International Medical Corps.  Together, these mobile medical units and staffed health posts have provided health care to at least 3,989 people in the aftermath of the quake; with communications down, some health posts have been unable to report in.
  • 7,966 people have benefitted from the distribution of 1,138 relief kits in Afghanistan -- these kits include blankets, plastic sheeting, water containers, hygiene supplies and more.
  • Our teams are now working closely with the leadership of Badakhshan province, Afghanistan, where damage is reportedly the most extensive, to determine how we can best report response efforts. 
  • In Pakistan, International Medical Corps mobile medical units are providing care in the remote Shangla District – at times walking up to four hours in mountainous regions to reach villages.  Since the quake, teams have provided 1,207 health consultations and psychosocial consultations for 360 people.  104 families in Pakistan have received hygiene kits and blankets.

In addition to providing health care services and supplies, we have mobilized some of our 19,000 volunteers in Afghanistan who had previously been trained by International Medical Corps in emergency response.  We continue to receive reports of how these teams have responded in their own communities – in one village, the community response team immediately went to work digging families out of rubble; in another, a community response team cleared a stream that had been blocked by debris, reducing the chance of subsequent flooding that would due further damage to their homes.

Thanks to the support of GlobalGiving and other generous donors, International Medical Corps is able to provide lifesaving services in some of the most hard-to-reach areas of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Earthquake damage in Afghanistan
Earthquake damage in Afghanistan
Health consultation in Pakistan
Health consultation in Pakistan
Mobilizing relief supplies in Pakistan
Mobilizing relief supplies in Pakistan
 
   

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